It can be hard to choose which language to study.
Or, if you are studying one already, to know that you’ve chosen well.
So here’s a little more on the importance of studying Spanish.
Why is it important for you to learn a second language?
Much of the research on language acquisition is complicated and difficult to explain in a few lines. But there’s a lot of evidence of the benefits out there.
Like this interesting talk I came across on TED’s YouTube channel by John McWhorter.
Although some reasons may seem obvious, I liked the way he summarized the most important ones.
Here are four important reasons to learn a second language according to John McWhorter:
- We better understand the perspective of other cultures. That is if you want to understand a culture, if you want to be part of it, to understand its deeper traits; language is the ideal channel for this purpose.
- Bilingualism is health. This researcher says that speaking a second language decreases the chances of developing dementia. Also, author Mia Nacamulli mentions: “being bilingual does not make our brains smarter, yet it makes us healthier, complex and actively engaged”.
- Learning a language is fun: Finding similarities in your language, sharing a language with another person, watching programs in another language, traveling, or working in another country are some of the fantastic things you can access if you learn another language.
- We have thousands of resources to learn: Never in history have we had so many resources thanks to the Internet. Now we have YouTube tutorials and thousands of audio and visual resources to learn a language.
Here you go, do you need more reasons?
I’ll add that it gives you access to a better job, that you will be able to communicate better and have richer experiences when you travel abroad and that you will be a more open person.
And why is it important that you study Spanish?
Many people may not know the importance of Spanish.
And this is because for many years Spanish has been considered a language of very little importance, basically because it’s spoken in mostly developing regions.
The truth is that the Spanish-speaking population continues to grow, in number as well as economic, social and cultural importance (Especially in USA).
This doesn’t mean that English has lost importance, but that Spanish is becoming more widely spoken throughout the world.
In other words, if you know English and Spanish you will have access to the political, social and cultural panorama in the whole American continent, with the exception of Brazil. And by the way, more and more Brazilians are interested in learning Spanish.
Want to know the best part?
17 Incredible Reasons For Studying Spanish
If you are still doubting if you should study Spanish, check out these 17 reasons that will certainly change your perspective on the Spanish language.
Check it out and…
1. Spanish In The World
The Cervantes Institute (2016 ) estimates that there are more than 567 million people who speak Spanish in the world.
2. Spanish Speakers in The United States
According to some studies, there are 37 million Spanish speakers in the United States and the Association of Spanish Language Academies predicts that it will soon be the second largest country of Spanish speakers in the world, after Mexico.
3. Spanish Students
The Cervantes Institute (2016 ) estimates that there are 21 million Spanish students worldwide. The United States ranks first in a number of Spanish speakers, followed by Brazil and France.
4. Spanish as an Official Language
The Cervantes Institute estimates that there are 21 countries that have Spanish as an official language, including: Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala, Ecuador, Cuba, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Equatorial Guinea.
5. The purchasing power of Hispanic Americans
The purchasing power of Hispanic Americans increases every year, especially in countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, and Chile. This contribution to GDP (Gross National Product) is 9.2%.
6. Great Spanish Writers
Great writers have bequeathed transcendent works for the world in Spanish language:
Miguel de Cervantes, Francisco de Quevedo, Luis de Góngora, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, José Zorrilla, Leopoldo “Alas” Clarín, Benito Pérez Galdós, Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Miguel Hernández, Federico García Lorca, Miguel Hernández, José Ortega y Gasset, Luis Cernuda, Pedro Salinas, Miguel de Unamuno, Javier Marías, Ana María Matute, Carmen Laforet, Miguel Delibes, entre otros.
And more just from Latin America:
Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, Alejo Carpentier, Juan Rulfo, Oliverio Girondo, Adolfo Bioy Cásares, José Lezama Lima, José Martí, Rubén Darío, Amado Nervo, Roa Bastos, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Mario Benedetti, Manuel Gutiérez Nájera, Alfonso Reyes, José Gorostiza, Xavier Villaurrutia, José Vasconcelos, Rosario Castellanos, Elena Garro, Alejandra Pizarnik, Gabriela Mistral, entre otros y otras.
In its latest report(2016), the World Tourism Organization commented that two of the ten most visited countries are Spanish speaking: Spain and Mexico.
8. Latin America Startups
The development of big startups is growing in Latin America: Clip, Pig.gi, CityWallet or WishBird. Big companies like Fortune 500 Startups continue to invest in the region.
American and European professional sports leagues are full of Spanish-speaking stars such as Messi, Big Papi, Paul Gasol, Alexis Sánchez, Alex Rodríguez, “Canelo” Álvarez, Sergio Pérez, Cavani and James Rodríguez.
10. The great musical genres come from Latin America
The great musical genres come from Latin America such as Cumbia, Salsa, Tango, Mariachi, Mambo, Merengue, and Reggaeton. Many famous Spanish-speaking singers are also known around the world such as Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Carlos Santana and Ricky Martin.
More and more Spanish-speaking films are winning awards around the world such as Amores Perros, El secreto de tu ojos, El Laberinto del Fauno, Sueño en Otro Idioma, etc.
12. Easy Accents and Dialects
Although there are many countries that speak Spanish with different accents and dialects, they share the same rules, and it is easy to learn the differences between them.
13. Spanish is one of the official languages
Spanish is one of the official languages of the United Nations and of most of the world’s largest organizations.
14. Learn Spanish on Internet
The Cervantes Institute has estimated that Spanish is the third most spoken language on the Internet and the second most spoken language on Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia.
The Cervantes Institute has estimated that by the year 2030, 7.5% of the world population will speak Spanish and that in about 20 years it will reach 7.8% of the world population.
16. English is actually quite similar to Spanish
You might not know that English is actually quite similar to Spanish. There are many words that look like Spanish. These are called cognates. Examples:
- Actor (English) – Actor (Spanish)
- Admirable(English) – Admirable (Spanish)
- Area (English) – Area (Spanish)
- Auto (English) – Auto (Spanish)
- Cafe (English) – Café (Spanish)
Among many others!
17. Portuguese and Spanish
I already said that Brazil is the most important country in the Americas that does not speak English or Spanish. Well, Portuguese also has many similarities with Spanish. It doesn’t mean that by learning Spanish you will know Portuguese, but it is a breakthrough. Also, as I mentioned before, many Brazilians are learning Spanish too!
Here you have the best reasons to Learn Spanish.
I won’t lie, it takes a lot of practice and consistency with your studies, but if you work hard, you’ll get there.
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